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Tens of millions in lockdown in US as state officials act to halt virus spread

Tens of millions in lockdown in US as state officials act to halt virus spread

Three major American states are locking down their residents in the face of a rapidly advancing virus storm that is already severely straining health systems in parts of Europe.

Officials in New York and Illinois announced they would largely restrict residents to their homes from this weekend, after California – America’s largest state – did so on Friday.

The three states have a combined population of more than 70 million people.

With American hospitals already under pressure, officials are desperate to prevent – or at least limit – a repeat of what has happened in parts of China, Italy and Spain where the outbreak has overwhelmed medical services.

The streets of New York City are already sparsely populated ahead of the lockdown (John Minchillo/AP)

More than 275,000 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed globally, including more than 11,000 deaths, Nearly 90,000 patients have recovered.

The outbreak has moderated in

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Recession fears hit Hollywood as work grinds to a halt

Recession fears hit Hollywood as work grinds to a halt

Hollywood stuntman and actor Mike Ferguson had just arrived in San Francisco last week to work on a Western when the cancellations started rolling in.

He watched the news unfold from a hotel room, each day bringing more urgency and more questions. When San Francisco declared a countywide shelter-in-place directive Monday, he had only a few hours to find a flight back to his wife and three daughters in Southern California.

Now, the 48-year-old is self-quarantined in his home for two weeks. He’s one of hundreds of thousands of entertainment industry workers out of a job as productions, releases and live events are canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak that has already sickened more than 1,000 Californians and more than 230,000 people worldwide as of Friday.

Like so many industries, Hollywood is taking a big hit during the public health crisis. Pilot season, a time when studios rush

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